Find out how simple it is to get your Fedora operating system up to date with the most recent release as we move ever closer to the final release of Fedora Workstation 36.
Fedora Linux is frequently lauded as one of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated, but user-friendly, Linux distributions that are currently available. If you are using Fedora and you want to maintain your competitive advantage, you will want to upgrade your system to the most recent version as soon as it becomes accessible to do so.
March of 2022 saw the beginning of public beta testing for the Fedora Workstation 36 release. Here is all you need to know about updating your system to Fedora 36 as soon as it is ready, now that the final release has been planned for April 19, 2022 (with April 26 as the fallback date).
The Officially Supported Fedora 36 Upgrade Method
Utilizing the DNF package manager from the command line of the terminal is the method that is both officially suggested and endorsed by the Fedora community for updating your Fedora system to the most recent version. It is not a problem if you are not an expert user of the command line. We will walk you through it step by step, and before you know it, you will have the most recent version of Fedora installed and operating on your computer. Let’s get started right now, so go ahead and open a window for the terminal.
Fedora 36 is not publicly available at the time of writing, but it might be when you’re reading this. Hence, screenshots show an upgrade from Fedora 34 to 35 to illustrate the process. Regardless, all commands in this article are accurate to upgrade to Fedora 36.
Apply All Updates to Your Current Fedora Installation
You will first need to ensure that your current Fedora installation is completely up to date in order to be able to upgrade to a newer version of Fedora. The significance of this cannot be overstated. If you skip this step and go straight to the upgrade, you might end up causing serious complications for the upgrade process, which could even result in the failure of the system.
At the prompt for entering commands, type:
sudo dnf upgrade –refresh
Wait for it to finish checking if there are any available updates for the version of Fedora that you are now running, which may take a few minutes. This will check to see if there are any available updates for the version of Fedora that you are currently running. If it discovers updates, you should respond yes when prompted to continue, and then let the package management do everything else.
After you have completed installing the updates, you will need to restart your computer and execute the command once again to check that the procedure was completed successfully.
Install the System Upgrade Plugin
It is expected that the DNF system upgrade plugin will already be installed on the vast majority of Fedora installations. Because the functionality of the whole process of upgrading is dependent on this plugin, it is important to verify more than once to ensure that it is present.
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
Download the Upgrade Packages
In preparation for the update, a single straightforward command will download all of the essential packages as well as the verification keys for the system.
sudo dnf system-upgrade download –releasever=36
The process of the system checking in with the Fedora servers and obtaining the list of packages that are required for the update will take a few seconds.
After the process is finished, you will get a window asking you to approve the operation, as well as a long list of packages that will be installed and/or upgraded as a result of the action. If you select “yes,” the download will start immediately.
The size of the download will be close to 1.5 gigabytes. The speed of your internet connection will, of course, also affect the amount of time needed to complete the download.
Reboot to Start the Offline Upgrade
Because Fedora employs an offline upgrading mechanism, your computer will need to reboot into a specific mode in order to install all of the update packages when it has completed the process of downloading all of the packages. The process of upgrading can be completed in anywhere from a few minutes to many hours, depending on the performance of your system. The average time required is roughly thirty minutes.
To begin, type the following command at the prompt:
dnf system-upgrade reboot
You’re Currently Utilizing the Most Recent Release of Fedora
After the installation of the new software is finished, your computer will restart by itself. That is the extent of the matter. Congratulations! You are currently using Fedora version 36. You may now confidently claim your position at the cutting edge of Linux technology. At least up to the time when the subsequent Fedora release is available. Enjoy!